Study in the UK

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The UK is a world leader in education, business, communications and the arts, reinforced by a spirit of bold experimentation, creativity and growth, as well as healthy celebration of heritage and tradition.

The UK is a fantastic destination for students of the arts, who can easily take advantage of access to some of the most revered names in music, theatre, opera, film, new media, broadcasting and journalism.

Educational excellence

The UK's higher education institutions attract over 400,000 international students every year. Some of the world's most respected higher education institutions are based here and the country's reputation for educational excellence is well known, drawing in more than 400,000 international students each year. UK teaching and research is regularly rated first-class, thanks in part to an excellent reputation for academic innovation over the last 1,000 years.

A welcoming society

British people are friendly and welcoming. They will happily to show you around and give you tips on where to go and what to see. It's easy to enjoy the full richness of British culture on a reasonable budget thanks to the country's compact size. Modern art galleries, ancient monuments, dramatic mountains, beautiful coastlines, towering cities and rolling countryside are all within easy reach.

Meet people from all over the world

UK society is safe, tolerant and respectful. It embraces and celebrates many different cultures and faiths, particularly in cities like London. People who share similar cultural backgrounds sometimes form small communities, which provide specialist shops, restaurants and places of worship. However, people from all backgrounds work, live and socialise together. 

Wherever you come from, you're almost certain to find others who share your values and speak your language. You will meet people from across the world, especially at the RCM, where we have students from more than 60 different countries.

In addition to being centres for academic excellence, UK universities and conservatoires are culturally vibrant. They are great places to make new friends and encounter new ways of thinking. At the RCM we have students from more than 60 different countries. In addition, your experiences outside the College will inflame your passion for life, history and culture just as much as your studies will deepen your love and understanding of music. Choosing to study in the UK can be an unforgettable and life-changing experience.

Study in London

London is one of Europe's leading cultural capitals. A city of remarkable heritage, cutting-edge development and vibrant social activity, it has something for everyone. Whatever your interests, as a Royal College of Music student London's countless opportunities will be available right on your doorstep.

Home to a truly international community, from across Europe and beyond, London offers an eclectic mix of food, shopping, arts and entertainment. The city regularly hosts leading orchestras and musicians from around the world at acclaimed venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and Royal Opera House. There is also world-class theatre, dance and art on offer.

London is home to iconic historical monuments and respected cultural institutions. Whether you're looking for artistic masterpieces, ancient treasures, a slice of British history, or a tranquil rest in the park, there's always something to keep you captivated. Many of the city's museums and galleries are free and several attractions offer discounted tickets for students.